When Angela Collins and her partner wanted to have a child, they reached out to a sperm bank in Georgia to look for potential donors. They thought they had found the perfect match in Donor 9623, described as a man with an I.Q. of 160 who was healthy and working toward his PhD

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My sister has told me that her son is not the biological son of her husband. His sperm count was very low; she was having an affair and became pregnant. Her son (middle-aged) doesn’t know, and her husband (now divorced) doesn’t, either. Recently, my sister told the other man, asking him not to tell anyone. Now he knows he has a son and a grandchild

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Mark Chanko’s family sued NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital and one of its doctors for allowing a TV crew to film his death without permission. A lower court had thrown the case out, but the New York Court of Appeals revived it

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Ransomware that locks up patient data in hospitals is disrupting medical care, and the problem is set to get worse

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Sometimes, before I interview new patients, while I’m waiting for them to be transported from the emergency department to the medical floor, I play a game…

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President Obama remarked “I would like to think that if somebody does a test on me or my genes, that that’s mine.” Lots of people would make that same assumption – it seems sensible that we would each “own” our genetic information. But the legal reality is quite different

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Consumers with iPhones can click to contribute their genetic information to medical studies

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The Wellcome Trust recently commissioned Ipsos MORI to look into what people think about commercial organisations having access to health data from patient records. Here Natalie Banner, from the Wellcome Trust’s policy team, explains the key findings from the research, and what we have learned about creating a system that people can trust…

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